38 minutes | Aug 22, 2017
#46 - Blood and Soil
As a nation, we find ourselves careening toward a certain reckoning, an undeniable state of egregious political affairs and social ills that have been generations in the making. Yet, as a nation, we by and large choose to compartmentalize these ills, as if their the sole result of today's largely turbulent and often times acrimonious digital vortex. BUT we all know these things didn't just happen out of nowhere, don't we. And surely we understand our social fabric didn't start fraying with the ascendency of Donald J. Trump to the presidency of these United States, don't we. Of course we do. Consider this: The first thing a physician does when seeking to faciitate a proper diagnosis is to inquire after the patients medical HISTORY. The first step in resolving current medical ills is to understand the history of how those ills formed in the first place. And so it is with America. While we are undoubtedly the most economically powerful and military capable nation on earth, we are nonetheless fractured and unwell. We are that family at the reunion who is uncomfortable because no one wants to be honest about the ugliness that happened to us years ago. But if we are to ever reach our promise and full potential, we must be honest about how our ills began. And our ills, America, began at this nation's very inception and are written in blood on its founding document. This is OUR AMERICA. It's a Black, White, Latino, Asian, Muslim, LGTBQ and every religion and creed you can think of America. But if we ever hope to heal our America, we need to be honest about OUR AMERICA. Thanks for listening.
46 minutes | Jul 24, 2017
#45 - Charles Malik Whitfield
Charles Malik Whitfield is a man that really needs no introduction. He's portrayed icons like Otis Williams of The Temptations and acted opposite legends like Gene Hackman in Behind Enemy Lines. He's risen through the ranks and starred in hit franchises like NCIS, American Horror Story and Fox's recent smash, Empire . For all his success, he still marvels that he gets to work with innovators like Tasha Smith and that he's presently working alongside industry titan Tyler Perry for Oprah's OWN TV show, "If Loving You Is Wrong." But what was great about our conversation is that Malik has an abiding empathy and connection to the underdog, those striving hard to make it. He remembers when he was in that position and he opens up to us in great detail about those tough days at the dawn of his stellar career. His heart is full of encouragement, wisdom and kindness. He believes in the success of others and you will hear him uplift his friends mightily while down playng his own accomplishments. This was my second time speaking with Malik, this veritable Future Legend, and he's still grounded, still maintains the outlook that he's just a kid from the Bronx doing his best to make it for himself as well as with a strong emphasis on helping others along in the process. Salute.
48 minutes | Jun 27, 2017
#44 - Dr. Anita M. Cal
The fact that Dr. Anita Cal wrote the TBS family comedies Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns isn't all that makes her exceptional. In our opinion, what really makes this award-winning author, Pepperdine graduate and business mogul so irresistibly dynamic is her ability to empower others, to kindly and empathetically wrap the fullness of her soul around both the issues and individuals she cares so deeply about and just let her light shine. During our conversation, Dr. Cal speaks with us in candid and refreshing detail about her unlikely rise in the entertainment industry-she didn't even plan on it. Her take on frienemies-you have to hear this. The incredibly moving advice she would give to her twentysomething year old self-prepare to be inspired. Dr. Cal is currently on location in Los Angeles filming the upcoming television series, Beyond the Badge, which will give viewers a much needed and compassionate window of insight into the everyday lives of members of the law enforcement community. The production will star friend to the show, Don Wallace, his wife and Bosch and General Hospital actor Daya Vaidya, Alice Amter from Big Bang Theory and a host of other exceptional talent that's she's brought together for the show. Do yourself a solid and listen to what this incredible individual has to say about her journey as I'm certain you will find inspiration in it for your own. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later.
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2017
#43 - Signed, Angry Black Man
To those in the ill-informed majority, the idea of an angry black man is seen as a sign of incivility, lack of control or a precursor to some sort of violent act. Even many in the minority, including African-Americans, fear that an angry black man will make them look bad, encroach upon their acceptance in their respective power structure or somehow compromise or besmirch their social standing ... Relax, white America. Stop running for cover, black America. Anger is simply an emotion. A natural response in the face of gross injustice. Chief among said injustice is the fact that cops are getting away with the murder of young African American men. Anger in the face of such egregiousness warrants no apology or shame. It warrants a strong and unyielding multiplicity of voices. It warrants strategic mobilization. It warrants landscape-changing fury. In this episode, not only is the case for black anger in America made, but we also analyze in meticulous and historical-based detail why said anger is countered with irritation, dismissiveness, slander and condescension. And what is said here will not be well-recieved. Buckle the fuck up.
31 minutes | Jun 12, 2017
#42 - False Gods
The presidency of the United States of America has devolved from a position that was once the pinnacle of public service to an office that has become the emodiment of a sense entitlement and dictatorialism reminisdcent of medieval kingships. And it didn't just start with Donald Trump; these false gods have steered the direction of our nation for quite some time.
33 minutes | May 1, 2017
#41 - #MAGAMYASS
Day 102ish of the trainwreck that is the #presidency of Donald J. Trump. He lies without cause, he's petulant beyond belief, geo-politically inept, clueless as far as domestic policy is concerened and he's flip-flopped on more positions than a $2 prostitute at a sales convention. Oh, and to top all that off, the wünderkind that is the leader of the free world in an epic display of cowardice, recently stated that "being president is harder than I thought" and that he "missed" his "old life." Probably the best words he's ever uttered as commander-in-chief as we wish he would would simply get on his jet and go home like the spoiled ass he is.
37 minutes | Apr 24, 2017
#40 - Kevin "The Flushing Flash" Kelley
He reached the top of the boxing world and at one point was the terror of his weight class. His fight against Prince Naseem Hamed in Madison Square Garden has been rated one of the top 100 sporting moments of all time. He finished his stellar career with a more than respectable 72 fights, 60 wins and 39 by KO. Boxing great Kevin "The Flushing Flash" Kelley blessed the booth this week and reveals never before told thoughts on the historic Prince Hamed fight, who his greatest opponent was and how, amazingly enough, he never even intended to become a boxer (you won't believe what he actually wanted to be) but nontheless ascended twice to the championship of the world. Thank you for listening.
24 minutes | Apr 19, 2017
#39 - When Dead Men Die
White Supremacist Dylann Roof. Black Nationalist Kori Ali Muhammed. Facebook Kiler Steve Stephens. Aurora Colorado Theater Mass Murderer Jonathan Holmes ... Their acts are sensationalized by the media. The response to their heinous acts is, without fail, one of unified disgust, horror and outrage. Yet for all of our collective indignation, we rarely get to the REAL STORY surrounding these tragic events in our national discourse and continue to settle for reactive and rhetorical condemnation of these acts rather than work toward a solid and proactive legislative strategy to prevent, or at least largely mitigate them. Fact is, these killers don't see the world as the rest of us ... for while their bodies may function as the living they are morally, mentally and emotionally dead. Therefore, it is upon us who consider ourselves of intact moral compass, to do all we can to insure that the dead who walk among us do not wreak havoc among our ranks. Is the answer universal background checks? Is it more intense psyhological evals of those who seek to own firearms? Whatever the solution we need it fast. Mere words will not cut it any longer. For when dead men die, when they lash out with their final, hateful and oftentimes murderous gasp, it is the living who stand helplessly by and pay the most woeful of prices. Question is, how much more are we willing to pay?
47 minutes | Apr 17, 2017
#38 - Award-Winning Filmmaker Angela Matemotja
Follow Angela! + Twitter: @matemotjaFilms + Feature film: www.elevatefilm.com + Podcast: www.indiefilmtribe.com ------------------------------ Some individuals just have a unique and special light about them. And such is definitely the case with Angela Matemotja. With all grace, clarity and candor the award-winning independant film actor, producer, director and writer speaks with us this week regarding her upcoming feature film 'Elevate' and just how her culturally diverse upbringing at the hands of her Russian mother and South African father shaped both her passion for and voice within the dramatic arts. Her journey is a unique and wholly inspiring one. How exactly does one go from growing up in places like the former Soviet Union and East Africa only to end up in America and working with industry titans like Tyler Perry? Motivation is here, inspiration is here ... and her name is Angela Matemotja. Thanks for listening.
33 minutes | Apr 10, 2017
#37 - 'Anathema' Screenwriter and Director, Derek Vitatoe
Follow Derek! + Twitter: @AnathemaTheFilm + Facebook.com/DerekVitatoe --------------------------- This week we speak with feature film director Derek Vitatoe whose debut effort, 'Anathema', stars industry veterans Angie Everhart, David Andrews as well as the unique talents and star power of fellow director, actor and friend to the show, Don Wallace. Derek speaks clearly and concisely regarding his journey from writing the script for 'Anathema' to bringing its startling and deliciously horrific vision to the big screen. He also offered inspiring, uplifting and informative words for those who aspire to walk the path he considers himself both fortunate and blessed to. Derek's intelligence is ferocious yet his spirit is humble. He has the confidence of one who's been in the industry a lifetime yet is wise enough to remain open to the experience of those assembled around him. He confided in us that this was his very first interview as a director, let alone one that would afford him national exposure. We found this incredibly hard to believe as he handled himself like a seasoned pro. Rest assured, this will not be the last time the world will hear from Derek Vitatoe nor will this be the only platform to give way to his charismatic and empathetic voice. Listen to this episode and we are certain you will agree.
39 minutes | Mar 31, 2017
#36 - The Hell We Choose
Everyone has a hell to walk through. Some flames merely burn momentarily while others are all-consuming. Some survive seemingly unscathed and others, unfortunately, don't. In incredibly grateful acknowledgement of the conquering of my particular corner of self-inflicted hell, today we launch LawrenceSpeaks.com, our initiative focused on reaching incarcerated and at-risk youth of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Understand that, for me, this isn't a venture launched just for the sake of putting another feather in the proverbial cap or some project born of indifferent or smug benevolence. This one is wholly personal for me. In this episode I dive deep and share my journey of how I went from serving a ten-year sentence--from 1992-2002--inside maximum security federal penetentiaries to doing the hard, challenging and redemptive work of becoming a productive member of society. In spite of it all, I've had the honor and great privilege of being in positions of leadership at some of the biggest corporations in existence, I'm a published author, business owner, social activist and most importantly of all, a dedicated and completely smitten father ... This is my story and my hope is that it inspires us all to understand that there isn't a single circumstance that the truly individual can't come back from ... if we are willing to create our own second chance. Thanks for taking the time to visit our new site and getting involved! www.lawrencespeaks.com goes live tomorrow, 4.1.2017!
49 minutes | Mar 20, 2017
#35 - Business Leader Stanford Florence
This week, renowned business leader, corporate strategist, mass mentor and unabashed Hip-Hop head Stanford Florence speaks with us in what turned out to be one of the most dynamic, diverse and informationally dense interviews we've done thus far. The conversation ran the gamut from the very humble beginnings of his retrospectively brilliant corporate journey (which has, among other things, taken him to a position of global responsibility at the biggest tech company on the planet), to his extremely inspirational thoughts on leadership, to why he believes strongly that education is the key to solving the issues that ail us most as a society ... and why, depending on the day you ask him, either A Tribe Called Quest or OutKast is the greatest Hip-Hop group of all time (Tribe won the day of the interview, fyi). And Stan isn't just a fan of Hip-Hop, he's also an artist himself who raps under the moniker "Flobama" and his EP "#Flobama4Prez" is currently available on Apple Music. Our favorite track off the EP is #TheBelief. Do yourself a solid and check it out!
42 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
#33 - Tezatalks + CANDLIGHT
Music phenoms Tezatalks and CANDLIGHT aren't your average dynamic duo. They are individuals with a rare and deep respect for their craft. And it's becuase of such reverence and unfailing and unflinching committment that they've gone from, at one point, sleeping in a car together to now being sought after to collaborate with producers based in #Portugal, #Russia and #Australia as well other domestic and international markets. But the crescendo of their professional path was only made possible by the decrescendo of their personal lives. #Listen and see how these two musical geniuses found the strength to place the mission of their music over emotion ... even during those moments when it made no sense to either of them to do so ... + 'FIND ME', the latest single from Tezatalks' 'CHAOS' EP DROPS TODAY!! Download and listen FREE on Soundcloud, Apple Music and Spotify! + TEZATALKS.COM | CANDLIGHT.NINJA (site coming soon)
39 minutes | Mar 6, 2017
#31 - Actor + Producer Don Wallace
Born in London, England and raised in Hollis Queens, New York, television and film actor and producer Don Wallace has always lived somewhat of an interesting life. We first met him in 2009 on the festival circuit when he was promoting "Blue", his first feature film for which he produced, starred and crafted the script. Since that time, "Blue" has won numerous awards and, as a result, Don has had the fortune to strike deals with the likes of Netflix, Starz, Showtime and Google Play, to name a few. And with distribution deals currently in the offing in places like Hungaria and China, he and his Project 6 production company are now poised to snatch international market share and recognition as well. And all this is in addition to him snatching gigs along the way in hit shows like CBS' "Blue Bloods" and starring roles in TV One's upcoming film, "Hit A Lick" which was directed by veteran actress Tasha Smith of Fox's "Empire". But none of it came easy. Listen as this charismatic hustler and upstanding family man shares why he believes resilience is key for anyone looking to carve out an ideal, balanced and abundant place in this world.
27 minutes | Mar 6, 2017
#32 - State of the Disunion
Travel Ban 2.0 (watered down). ACA Repeal and Replace (aka Obamacare 2.0, according to GOP opposition). Deconstructing Dr. Ben Carson's foolish statement equating slavery to immigration (it's bigger than his words). We cover these three topics in the Hump Day edition of the podcast.
32 minutes | Mar 1, 2017
#30 - The People's Response
While Trump's speech to the Joint Session of Congress marked by far the most presidential he's ever been both in terms of mass communication and personal comportment, his policies and continuous and recent divisive, corrosive and near malevolent rhetoric towards Hispanics, Muslims and the free press should never escape the scope of rational and democracy preseverving vigilance. So thank you for not conducting yourself like a petulant child on the world's stage, Mr. President and while you defintely raised your personal bar during your Joint Session of Congress speech, you only met the bar set by your far more worthy Republican and Democratic predecessors.
35 minutes | Feb 27, 2017
#29 - Actor Evan Parke
He's appeared in films like Django Unchained, Planet of the Apes, King Kong and the iconic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He's lended his exceptional talents to television series such as Desperate Housewives, All My Children, American Horror Story and Blue Bloods. He's portrayed cultural icon Muhammed Ali on Broadway. This week, actor Evan Parke speaks with us in great personal detail regarding the days before Hollywood came knocking and how the combination of humility and old fashioned hard work were key not only in getting him to where he is in his career, but how they remain his compass in his quest to surpass his already impressive resume of accomplishments.
36 minutes | Feb 24, 2017
#28 - Death of the Republic
Multiple untruths told at press conferences (crime rate stats, voter fraud allegations, margin of electoral voctory). The characterization of the media as the 'opposition party' and 'enemy of the American people'. Questions surrounding his entourage's pre and post election dealings with Russian officials. Positioning an alt-right extremist, idealogue and hyper nationalist like Steve Bannon to the National Security Council. And today, we witnessed the unprecedented shut down of the free press by the White House ... These are just some of the concerning moves made by President Trump barely more than 30 days into his tenure as leader of the free world. But Trump will not be the end of us. Those of us who are more concerned with our party affiliation, loyalties and ideological inclinations than we are with the truth of things, however, will play an integral role in what very well may culminate in the death of our republic.
23 minutes | Feb 21, 2017
#27 - Made in America: The Millenial Muslim
Intellectual. Patriot. Citizen. Muslim. These are just a few wof the words that describe this week's guest, Farheen Siddiqui. Listen as she gives her candid, insightful and at times humorous take on what it's like to be Muslim in Trump's America.
35 minutes | Feb 15, 2017
#26 - Time for a Do Over
Recent intelligence reports expose the Trump administration's pre-inauguration contact with Russian officials. The aforementioned revelations did indeed precipitate the sudden and disgraceful resignation and downfall of retired general Michael T. Flynn as National Security Advisor. It is no longer in dispute in either the left or right that Russia "hacked" our electoral process to to benefit Trump ... Given these incontrovertible facts, is it really that far-fetched of an idea to demand a presidential election "do-over"?